Picpoul de Pinet is the perfect summer wine

As the weather starts to warm up and the days start to get longer and lighter, our tastes turn towards lighter, fresher wines which can be enjoyed while relaxing by the sea or sitting in the sun. If you’re in search of a new wine to enjoy this summer, give Picpoul de Pinet a try. With its floral, fruity character, this dry white wine from France’s sunny Languedoc region is ideal for the long, hot days and nights and is sure to become a new favourite.
Picpoul is one of the oldest grape varieties grown in the famous Languedoc region, but is only recently emerging as a real favourite for modern wine drinkers. In the past, winemakers faced issues producing this variety as the grapes were vulnerable to mildew and fungus, but as winemaking methods have improved, Picpoul has gained respect rapidly and more and more people are taking notice of this gem.
Picpoul de Pinet is ideal for enjoying with leisurely summer picnics in the garden. Due to its acidic nature, it pairs perfectly with rich or salty foods, such as charcuterie and strong cheese, cutting through the savoury flavours and adding a lively and refreshing zing to the meal. It’s also fantastic with seafood, offering a bright accompaniment for shellfish and oily fish like mackerel. If you’re planning some barbecues this summer, this wine will go down great with spicy marinated pork or chicken. Of course, it can also be enjoyed on its own, best served chilled.
It’s best drunk when young, while it retains its delicate freshness, and is available for very affordable prices. We’re offering a stunning Picpoul de Pinet from Domaine La Croix Gratiot for the bargain price of £9.95, giving you the chance to enjoy this distinctive and expressive wine without having to splash out.